A San Diego lifeguard truck. Photo by Alexander Nguyen

A 73-year-old woman died while swimming in Mission Bay, a San Diego lifeguard official reported Sunday.

The fatal incident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Lifeguards said the woman, who was known to swim regularly in Mission Bay, appeared to be in distress, said Lt. Andy Lerum with San Diego Lifeguard Services.

“Lifeguards swam out and brought her to shore and performed CPR,” Lerum said. “She had some sort of heart issue. The medics were working on her for quite some time.”

She died before she could be taken to a hospital, he said.

Lifeguards were kept busy Saturday elsewhere along San Diego County beaches, Lerum said. “We had a pretty busy day, but it was manageable. There were the usual number of rip currents, but they were pretty mild.”

Crowds from Ocean Beach to Blacks Beach were estimated at around 100,000, he said. Lifeguards performed 12 rescues, which was pretty low for a Saturday, he said.

Medical aid was given to 36 people and there were more than 6,000 preventive acts performed, which include separating swimmers and surfers, moving swimmers away from rip currents, and issuing alcohol citations.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.